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Introduction Helen Adams Keller was born on 27 June 1880 in Tuscumbia a small rural town in Northwest Alabama USA The daughter of Captain Arthur Henley Keller and Kate Adams Keller she was born with full sight and hearing Kate Keller was a tall statuesque blond with blue eyes She was some twenty years younger than her husband Captain Keller a loyal southerner who had proudly served in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War The house they lived in was a simple white clapboard house built in 1820 by Helens grandparents At the time of Helens birth the family were far from wealthy with Captain Keller earning a living as both a cotton plantation owner and the editor of a weekly local newspaper the North Alabamian Helens mother as well as working on the plantation would save money by making her own butter lard bacon and ham Helen falls ill But Helens life was to change dramatically In February 1882 when Helen was nineteen months old she fell ill To this day the nature of her ailment remains a mystery The doctors of the time called it brain fever whilst modern day doctors think it may have been scarlet fever or meningitis Whatever the illness Helen was for many days expected to die When eventually the fever subsided Helens family rejoiced believing their daughter to be well again However Helens mother soon noticed how her daughter was failing to respond when the dinner bell was rang or when she passed her hand in front of her daughters eyes It thus became apparent that Helens illness had left her both blind and deaf The following few years proved very hard for Helen and her family Helen became a very difficult child smashing dishes and lamps and terrorising the whole household with her screaming and temper tantrums Relatives regarded her as a monster and thought she should be put into
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